For some people in Leeds, the daily routine of brushing your teeth can come as a bit of a chore, but it imperative that you keep this ‘chore’ going at least twice a day. You must get a good brush, paste, floss and mouthwash, and make sure you learn to use them correctly. You also have your dentist to back you up in times of need: your dentist can also help you on subjects of diet, even help you give up smoking and offer tips on how to care for your mouth. So, you may ask, why all of this fuss? Well, sit down and take note: plaque is one of the biggest agitators that are ready to strike on a daily basis in your mouth and if it gets through unchecked, you will soon find yourself dealing with tooth decay and then gum disease. Gum disease can be lethal in the long term: it will obviously lead to tooth loss further down the line, but more sinister is the fact that it will start to poison your bloodstream as soon as it takes hold; these foul toxins will then be pumped around your body and deposit themselves in your heart. Over a long period, the heart will become diseased and in the end, fail. Please, please, please, do not take your oral hygiene as being a chore, but see it as part of the jigsaw to having a healthy and long life, as well as a vibrant heart.